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VANZO, Leciana Rorato Chiconelli; BRYK JUNIOR, Agostinho; KOMATSU, Maria Claudia Gomes  and  MOREIRA JUNIOR, Carlos Augusto. Bacterial growth in perfluorocarbon liquids: an in vitro study. Arq. Bras. Oftalmol. [online]. 2001, vol.64, n.4, pp.329-331. ISSN 1678-2925.

Purpose: To determine the growth of P. aeruginosa and S. aureus in liquid perfluoroctane (PFO). Methods: Three culture media were used: PFO, soy and casein digestion broth and 0.9% saline solution. Five ml PFO were distributed to 1 ml flasks. Flasks 1 and 2 were inoculated with 1 entire colony of P. aeruginosa and flasks 3 and 4 were inoculated with the same amount of S. aureus. Flask 5 served as control without any contamination. One colony of each bacterium was also inoculated in 1 ml of the remaining culture media. All solutions were kept in an incubator at 37º C for 10 days. The cultures were replated under a laminar flow hood using a calibrated 1:1000 loop at times zero, 72 h, 168 h and 240 h after contamination. Bacterial growth was determined by counting the colonies on blood agar plates 24 hours after each replating. Results: Time zero demonstrated bacterial growth in all media, confirming inoculation. During the subsequent hours no further growth of these microorganisms was observed in PFO. Both bacteria developed abundantly in the remaining culture media at all times studied. The control flask did not show any bacterial growth. Conclusions: The results show that PFO does not represent a favorable medium for bacterial growth.

Keywords : Bacterial growth; Fluorocarbons; Ocular bacterial contamination; Pseudomonas aeruginosa; Staphylococcus aureus.

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